First Team 20/03/2018

At Our Place | Forum Announced

Update 20/03/18

Thank you for your excellent response. Applications for places in the ballot are now closed, so if you've yet to reply you are still welcome to do so and your name will be added to a reserve list.

The ballot will take place this morning and you will receive an email confirming if you have have been successful or not by 5pm at the latest.

Watford FC are happy to announce that the popular ‘At Our Place’ forum, which offers the chance to discuss club matters with Scott Duxbury, CEO & Chairman, Head Coach Javi Gracia, first-team squad players and other senior club officials in an informal setting, will take place on Wednesday March 28 at Vicarage Road Stadium.

The club can also confirm that Anwar Uddin, Diversity & Campaigns Manager from the Football Supporters Federation, will be in attendance and will present details of the FSF’s ‘Fans For Diversity’ campaign, which we are delighted to support.

The event will start at 7pm and be held in ‘The View’. Capacity is limited and free spaces will be available by ballot, initially to season ticket holders and with priority given to supporters who’ve not attended before. We are also looking to ensure we have representation from all areas of the ground, so there will be an equal share of places available for each stand.

As ever with this event, the emphasis is on getting through as many questions as possible, so if you're intending to apply to come along, please make sure you're happy to take an active part in the evening. If you’d like to ask a question, but are not comfortable with asking it in public, then please feel free to include your question when applying for a space.

To secure your space, please email our Supporter Liaison Officer, Dave Messenger at and ensure your message includes your name, Fan ID number, which stand you will represent and a daytime contact phone number.

There will only be one place per email and confirmation will be sent back to you confirming your place. If your application arrives after all spaces have been filled, a reply will indicate that you've been placed on a reserve list.

We will also be announcing two ‘At Your Place’ events during April, so keep an eye out for more details of those on our website and social media channels in the coming weeks.

Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you 'At Our Place'.

Under-23's 19/03/2018

U23 Report | Watford 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Dion Pereira scored his 10th goal of the season in fortuitous fashion as Watford drew with Sheffield Wednesday at London Colney.

Hayden Mullins’ Under-23s were glad to get back to action after a difficult period where multiple games were called off due to the weather.

Having not played since March 5, Watford were caught cold by Sheffield Wednesday in the first 30 minutes, as the visitors hit the woodwork twice. 

Nathan Gartside made a great save from Preslev Borukov’s follow-up, after the Owls had hit the bar, to deny the visitors an early goal.

Joe West squared the ball from the left for Connor Kirby, and Gartside had the woodwork to thank again, as Kirby’s fierce shot cannoned back off the left post.

The Hornets had failed to register a single shot on target in the opening half an hour, but Michael Folivi should have scored in the 31st minute when put through one-on-one with Dan Wallis. The visitors appealed for offside, but Folivi had held his run well, unfortunately he was just unable to find the finish required.

That seemed to spark the Hornets into life though, as Pereira opened the scoring just minutes later.

His free-kick – that was certainly not intended as a shot – was driven low towards the near post for the onrushing Watford players to attack, but it went all the way through to Wallis, who was left red-faced as the ball went through his legs and into the back of the net. 

That gave the Golden Boys a lift, with Pereira almost the creator of a second goal just before the break. His corner delivery to the back post found Dennon Lewis, but Lewis’ low shot was saved superbly by Wallis at point blank range – the Wednesday keeper going some way to atoning for his earlier error.

Dan Wallis won't enjoy watching that goal back

Ryan Cassidy, fresh from signing his first professional contract with the club, came on for Sesay at half-time, and was bright throughout the remainder of the game.

Frazer Preston should have scored a gilt-edged chance just five minutes after break, but Gartside did well to stop him from evening the scoreline.

The woodwork wasn’t enough to save the Hornets midway through the second period, as The Owls levelled the game.

It had been a half of few chances, until Preston unleashed a fantastic strike from distance that hit the bar, bounced up off the turf and out. A goalmouth scramble saw Kirby lash in from close range, as Watford failed to clear their lines after the initial shot.

The game petered out after that as the strong winds at London Colney really started to affect the play. Gartside held onto a goal-bound header by Borukov, but there was little else of note to report in the final half hour.

The young Hornets can now look forward to more regular fixtures as the weather improves – they travel to Crewe Alexandra next Monday (March 26).

HORNETS | Gartside (GK); Eleftheriou, Rowan, Mukena, Rogers (Jones); Charles, Stewart; Sesay (Cassidy), Pereira (Ryan); Lewis, Folivi.

Subs not used | Howes (GK), Empson.